Ava is such a fun baby these days. She’s so happy and I think a lot of it is due to her consistent schedule. Her naps used to be pretty unpredictable, but she now naps at the same times every day. She gets up at 8am, takes a nap in her stroller at 10:55 am until 11:25, takes another nap anytime between noon and 2pm, and goes to bed starting at 7:30pm. She is amazingly happy after a nap, even if it’s only for 30 minutes.
I used to track Ava’s sleep because I was trying to figure out how to make her sleep longer. The really interesting thing is that her bedtime used to be 10:30pm. There was a point where we jumped back her bedtime an hour and then Ava would indicate that she needed an earlier bedtime so we would move it back in 15 minute increments. Ava let us know about the earlier bedtime by crying inconsolably. The baby books disagree on a lot, but they all agree that when a baby reaches the inconsolable crying stage, the baby is overtired and should have been in bed before that point. Right now I have to start the bedtime routine by 7:30pm. I used to really anguish over whether her bedtime was too late, but that is silly because this baby will let you know what she wants.
In grand changes, we just moved and now that the new bedroom is attached to a nursery, it’s possible to put Ava in a crib at night. In the old house our bedroom was on the second floor and Ava’s nursery was on the first floor. I kept imagining Ava getting out of the crib and walking into traffic. In the new house, not only is the nursery attached to our bedroom, but the two other bedrooms are upstairs and you have to walk up creaky stairs. No teenager will sneak out of this house at night!
Putting Ava in the crib has been great the most recent five nights. It was a rocky start and I think the difference is that she needs to be placed in the bed we used to use for cosleeping inside the crib and she needs to be put down after she falls asleep. I know I’m supposed to put her to bed awake but sleepy, but that made her cry. There was one night where I let her cry for ten minutes, consoled her, and repeated the process two more times. She cried immediately after being put in the crib, and that was it, I was done. She had tears streaming down her face and I was not going to continue to let her cry. We put her in our bed next to us and she looked back and forth at us, so happy that we were all together. I felt like the worst person in the world because all she wants is to sleep next to her parents.
If I put her down asleep, she sleeps for 4-5 hour blocks. For example, two nights ago she slept in the crib from 7:45-2 and 2:30-5:30 (last night was a bit of an anomaly, hopefully because she had a third nap from 5-6 pm). If she’s in bed with us, she used to sleep for three or four hours, and then every 1-2 hours until 8. That was really hard. Most nights, she only wakes up twice. The literature says that this won’t work in a few months because she’ll expect me to be there when she wakes up, but maybe by then she’ll be used to the crib.
And because no post would be complete without a list of Ava’s changes:
- I no longer swaddle Ava at night. She’s too good at breaking out of the swaddle and I noticed that she was starting to sleep as well with her arms free as when she was locked in, so I got rid of it. To keep her sufficiently warm, I put her in these great pajamas. They’re very dapper.